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Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

William Henderson Maltby

 
 
William Henderson Maltby Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 1, 2021
1. William Henderson Maltby Marker
Inscription.  Born in Worthington, Ohio, on March 14, 1837, William Henderson Maltby served as a journalist and newspaper publisher for three Corpus Christi newspapers. While living in Cleveland, Maltby worked as a typesetter for the Cleveland Herald in 1859. That same year, his older brother, Henry, began publishing the Ranchero in Corpus Christi. Soon after, William left Cleveland to assist his brother with this newspaper. The brothers lived in a boarding house where William met his wife, Mary Grace Swift. They married on July 15, 1860.

When the Civil War began, Maltby earned the rank of lieutenant of an artillery battery and later became its captain. This unit became Company I of the Eighth Texas Infantry Regiment and defended Aransas Pass. Union forces captured Maltby's entire battery on November 17, 1863. Now a prisoner of war, Maltby found himself in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where his other brother, Jasper, served as a Union Brigadier General.

After being exchanged and released, Maltby returned to Corpus Christi and reunited with Mary Grace and their child born during his absence. Soon after, Maltby became publisher
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of the Corpus Christi Advertiser. A disastrous yellow fever epidemic swept the community in 1867, claiming the lives of at least 150 residents including Mary Grace. Maltby remarried Anna Marie Headen in 1870 and the couple had three children in addition to the two from Maltby's previous marriage with Mary Grace. In 1877, Maltby and Eli T. Merriman established the Corpus Christi Free Press, which became the forerunner of the Corpus Christi Caller. Maltby continued to work in the newspaper business until his death on August 20, 1880.
 
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18853.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsDisastersWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is March 14, 1837.
 
Location. 27° 48.087′ N, 97° 23.974′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Ramirez Street and Padre Street, on the right when traveling north. The marker is located in the northeast section of the Old Bayview Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1150 Ramirez Street, Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louis de Planque (a few steps from this marker); John Dix (within shouting distance of this marker); Eli Todd Merriman
William Henderson Maltby Marker and gravestone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 1, 2021
2. William Henderson Maltby Marker and gravestone
(within shouting distance of this marker); Old Bayview Mesquite (within shouting distance of this marker); William DeRyee (within shouting distance of this marker); Matthew Nolan (within shouting distance of this marker); James Downing (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas S. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
 
The view of the William Henderson Maltby Marker from the cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 1, 2021
3. The view of the William Henderson Maltby Marker from the cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 2, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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